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Pine Needle Basket


with Zach Rouda, Biddeford Adult Education

Calendar Next available session starts May 3, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Pine needles are beautiful, and strong! They can be coiled and sewn together to make jewelry, hats, lovely usable baskets and/or adorably tiny ones. Learn to identify, regeneratively gather, store, process, and weave with pine needles. We will cover the basics of coiled basketry, which is a global, ancient human skill, and create a wonderful pine-needle basket. Every participant will make a basket to take home.

Learning from the IMPRESSIONISTS: Cassatt & Morisot


with Christine Pilkinton, York Adult Education

Calendar Next available session starts May 4, 2021 at 10:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

Learn about Impressionists Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot as you create a study of paintings by each of these masters over 4 sessions. Christine will be demonstrating in oil and pastel, along with video clips about the artist, critiques, and a private Facebook group for additional resources and links each week.

Knitting Basics


with Victoria Vaughn, Noble Adult & Community Education

Calendar Next available session starts May 4, 2021 at 6 pm
1 additional session

Join us for a fun, no pressure knitting experience! Knitting basics is ideal for beginner or rusty knitters and will cover casting on, ending a project, and repairing mistakes. Master the basic knit and purl stitches, the foundation of all knitting.

Materials to bring to class: 

  • Size 7 Knitting Needles
  • 1 pair of small scissors
  • tape measure
  • 1 light color Supersaver Red Heart Yarn (7 Ounces)

Wire Wrapping Jewelry


with Linda Greer, Marshwood Adult & Community Education

Calendar May 4, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn basic wire wrapping techniques  to make jewelry and other crafts. Learn to wire wrap small stones for earrings, pendants, key chains, and small succulent  plant holders. Bring your own basic jewelry tool kit and a small amount of sea glass or stones. Wire and decorative beads for two small stones or glass will be provided.

Proceeds to benefit Diploma students’ emergency needs.

Easy Elastic Waist A-Line Skirt


with Elizabeth Boston, Noble Adult & Community Education

Calendar Next available session starts May 4, 2021 at 6:30 pm

You can’t beat this easy skirt for quick construction and great fitting! A simple casing at the waist holds elastic for a perfectly fitted waist and soft gathers fall over the hips. This skirt can be created in any length, and an optional ruffle embellishment can be added at the bottom of the skirt.

Create several of these skirts in different fabrics to stretch your wardrobe. The included pattern comes in sizes XS to 4XL.


•  2 or 3 yards of woven or knit fabric with a nice drape.

•  Elastic (3/4" or 7/8") 1.5 yards

•  Thread to match

•  Seam Gauge or ruler

•  Large Safety pin or Bodkin

•  Scotch tape

•  Paper and fabric scissors

•  Sewing Machine 

Pattern provided by instructor. Materials fee payable to instructor first night of class, $5.00

Art in an Evening: Vincent Van Gogh “a Mashup” Messalonskee W21


with Doreen Morgan, Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education

Calendar May 5, 2021 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Enjoy a relaxing evening creating art! We will paint sunflowers on a starry night, which is like two masterpieces in one! You will learn a lot about painting and the artist as well. No art experience is necessary! Doreen provides the paint, brushes, canvas, easels, and instructions. You will leave class with a smile and a wonderful painting for that room you have just redecorated or to give as a gift to a beloved family member or friend. A $30 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the start of class. View the original work as part of our website: Storm date May 12. Limit 10 students.

Due to COVID regulations we are unsure if all classes will run.  Please put your name on the class wait list.  Once we know we are able to run the class we will contact you to register. 

Full Course

Machine Sewing for Advanced Beginners


with Sandy Clement, Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education

Calendar May 5, 2021 at 5:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

This course is a good refresher for those who haven't sewn for years or for those new at sewing with some basic experience. We will start out with a zippered pouch, a simple tote, and finish with a project of your choice from a pattern. I will provide materials to complete the zippered pouch so there is no need to bring fabric to the first class. You may bring your sewing machine and favorite sewing notions if you wish. There are machines in the sewing room that may be used as well. A $5.00 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.

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Candle Making


with Heather Emerson, RSU #40 Adult Education

Calendar May 5, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Tired of paying crazy expensive prices for candles? Are you looking for a great gift giving idea? Come learn how to make handmade candles, made with non-toxic soy wax and scented with all natural essential oils.

Each participant will receive 2 pounds of soy wax, wicks, a variety of scents and containers to choose from, and be able to take their creations home that night, to give away or keep themselves. Prcie includes a $10 materials fee.

Heather Emerson is a co-owner of Emerson Homestead in Waldoboro, and has a menagerie of goats and poultry. Emerson Homestead makes and sells handcrafted soaps, lotions, scrubs and soy candles, as well as a number of home decorative items.

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